There’s no therapy, diet or cream that can stop the effect of ageing; ageing is a natural process that has been, from the beginning of time.

However, the effects of ageing can be slowed down, as we can see that some people tend to age faster than some people. Besides genetics, ageing can also be slowed down, various researches has found.

A 2017 research reveals you may be able to slow one type of aging – the kind that happens inside your cells – if only you’re willing to sweat.

The study which was conducted by researchers from Brigham Young University finds that people who have consistently high levels of physical activity have significantly longer telomeres than those who have sedentary lifestyles, as well as those who are moderately active.

Telomeres are the protein endcaps of our chromosomes. They’re like our biological clock and they’re extremely correlated with age; each time a cell replicates, we lose a tiny bit of the endcaps. Therefore, the older we get, the shorter our telomeres.

Exercise science professor Larry Tucker found adults with high physical activity levels have telomeres with a biological aging advantage of nine years over those who are sedentary, and a seven-year advantage compared to those who are moderately active. To be highly active, women had to engage in 30 minutes of jogging per day (40 minutes for men), five days a week.

“Just because you’re 40, doesn’t mean you’re 40 years old biologically,” Tucker said. “We all know people that seem younger than their actual age. The more physically active we are, the less biological aging takes place in our bodies.”

“If you want to see a real difference in slowing your biological aging, it appears that a little exercise won’t cut it,” Tucker added. “You have to work out regularly at high levels.”

The study was published in the medical journal Preventive Medicine.